An Exciting Future for How We Teach Our Past

As educators, this overhaul gives a whole raft of new opportunities to come up with original and unique ways of relaying the past to our classrooms. History is not a linear and straightforward narrative of events. It is a dynamic bundle of perspectives, ideas, questions, data, and concepts. This dynamism should come through when we present history to students, and they should feel invigorated when they tackle our national roots.

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Do Anzac Day differently and Walk with an Anzac

1000 teachers across New Zealand currently have access to a First World War Discovery Box of ephemera. While the hard copy versions of the box are no longer available you can still conduct the same inquiry by downloading the box items and printing out your own copy. Each item is an authentic reproduction of a real item found in a New Zealand school and leads to a real story about a real person.  

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Remember when _____ used to be ______?

I used to teach at St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton.  The school is on, what used to be, a dairy farm on the outskirts of what was then, the edge of Hamilton. Over time the school has come to be miles from any city boundary and the old number eight wire fence, a remnant from the site’s farming days as long been replaced by a more austere brick and iron edge.

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